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My Favorite Books of 2017

The year is almost over and I have compiled my favorite books from 2017 geared for ages nine and older unless otherwise indicated A Rambler Steals Home, by Carter Higgins, has a family traveling throughout the year in their old Rambler until summer arrives. Then they settle in to small town Ridge Creek. This is […]

Books Make Perfect Christmas Gifts

Christmas 2017 will soon be here.  Outlined below are descriptions of some of the best books for, and about the magic of, Christmas.  The first six books are good for ages seven and up but are also wonderful to read-out-loud for all family members to enjoy.  The rest are picture books – good for ages […]

My Favorite Fiction Books of 2014

It is always challenging for me to select my favorite books geared for eight years old and up because all of the books I review throughout the year are what I consider to be the best books for kids. However, I narrowed down a list and these are my top favorites.  And, all of these […]

Reissued Books Make Perfect Gifts

Some of the classic children’s books that families will thoroughly enjoy have recently been reissued. If you haven’t read them, you’re truly missing out on some of the best literature ever written for, and about, children. All of these outstanding books would be perfect to read out-loud for all ages, except for Lois Lowry’s books. […]

More of the Best Books from 2013

This week concludes my list of favorite books from last year.  Except for the last book, which is best suited for ages 16 through adult, all of these books are good for ages 9 and up.   12 Kinds of Ice, by Ellen Bryan Obed, and beautifully illustrated with pen and ink by Barbara McClintock, […]

My Favorite Books of the Year 2013

It’s time for my choices of the best books from 2013. This is the first of two lists and will be completed next week. All of these books are good for ages 9 and up. Some of these books could become Newbery winners that will be announced toward the end of January. Escape From Mr. […]

The Best Picture Books This Year

Picture books can be perfect for all ages to enjoy anytime of the day, but especially at bedtime.  If your reading out-loud time at night is limited (and hopefully you are reading out-loud to your children every night), picture books are an excellent choice as most can be read quickly. Here are some of the […]

My Picks for My Favorite Books from the Past School Year

School is now either over or almost completed.  What better time than to lean against a tall willow and read a great book?  These are books geared for ages nine and older. Sophia’s War, by Avi, is an astounding story written by one of the best historical fiction writers for kids. It’s 1776 and young […]

It’s Time for My Top 2012 Books for Kids

Now that 2012 is over, it’s time for my favorite picks for kids ages nine and older. I am sure that several of these books will be a potential Newbery winner. Wonder, by R. J. Palacio, is a beautifully written story that ultimately teaches acceptance, friendship and kindness. Ten-year-old August leaves homeschooling and enters public […]

Fiction Books at their Best

Are you looking for great books for your nine and older child? It seems that is the on-going question for all of us as we search for great reads for kids – and to read aloud to them. Here are some outstanding books that will be difficult to put down and I’ve included several types […]